Dauphin County Conservation District
The Dauphin County Conservation District's mission is to ensure the responsible use of
Dauphin County's natural resources; protect and restore the natural environment; promote
public health and safety; and enhance the quality of life for all county residents.
News and Updates
Manure Management workshop to be held February 8
- Everyone generating or spreading manure on their property is invited to attend a workshop at the Dauphin County Ag and Natural Resources Building on March 21 & 23
at 6pm both evenings. The goal is for each participant
to develop a Manure Management Plan for their operation. Please call the office at 717-921-8100 to register.
and Animal Owners, Do You Know...?
- A PA Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) representative already is or soon will be
CONDUCTING INSPECTIONS on farms and other properties in Dauphin County where animals are present and/or where crops are produced.
- Everyone who land applies manure, whether their animals generate the manure or it is imported from another operation, must have a written Manure Management Plan. This includes manure deposited directly on pastures
and exercise areas from a single horse or a herd of cows.
- Everyone who plants crops (including no-tilling) OR anyone with an animal heavy use area (AHUA) and that activity disturbs more than 5,000 sq ft is required to have an Ag E&S or conservation plan.
AHUAs are defined as an exercise lot, loafing area, barnyard, feedlot, or other similar areas where due to the concentration of animals it is not possible to establish and maintain vegetative cover capable of minimizing accelerated erosion and sedimentation.
- View the
Agricultural Programs page for more information. Both of these plans must be completed
and available on your operation at all times for review by a PA Department
of Environmental Protection (DEP) representative.
Protect Your Local
Stream! Report Illicit Discharges
- Example of an illicit discharges
include (but are not limited to): dumping or washing
motor oil, grass clippings, pet waste, litter, pesticides
and herbicides into a storm sewer system. For more
information and contact info to report an incident, follow
Dauphin County's MS4
Program - Illicit Discharges
New NPDES NOI and Transferee
/ Co‐permittee Applications available
- Revised versions of the above document
are now available on the DEP and DCCD website. To access
these forms on the DCCD website select “NPDES and Erosion and
Sedimentation” to the left. Then click
on “All NPDES and ESPC Forms” at the top of the page.
Applicants should begin using these forms
immediately and beginning Monday, October 10, 2016, we will no
longer accept the previous forms.
Dauphin County MS4 2016/2017
Dauphin County MS4 2015-2016 Annual Report
NRCS Accepting Applications for Conservation Programs
Applications for AMA, CSP,
and EQIP are accepted by NRCS on a continuous basis
throughout the year with periodic cutoff dates to evaluate,
rank, and prioritize applicants. See Program Application
Dates and Deadlines.
Applications may be
submitted in person, scanned and e-mailed (must include
signature), faxed or mailed to their local USDA Service
Centers. Application forms are available at your local
USDA Service Center or from our Pennsylvania NRCS
website. People are encouraged to apply early to increase
likelihood of being offered a contract.
Applicants must be able to show they have control of the
land for the life of the contract. For rented or leased
land, a simple form is available to document this. Financial
assistance eligibility is contingent on not starting the
practice before having an approved contract.
To participate in USDA conservation programs, applicants should be farmers or farm or forest landowners and must meet eligibility criteria. To take advantage of NRCS technical assistance and expertise or federally funded conservation on your farm or land, please contact your local USDA NRCS Field Office found at http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov, or visit our website at www.pa.nrcs.usda.gov for applications and program information.
The Natural Resources and Conservation Service
(NRCS) assists local landowners in managing their forest for future
generations. Call Rob Weaver at 717-921-2380 to see how NRCS
can assist with technical and financial assistance.
Read how one landowner
has been working to implement his Forest Stewardship plan in
cooperation with NRCS and the local Department of Conservation
and Natural Resources Forester to manage and grow his forested
Managing a Forest for Future Generations.